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At a moment in time when students weren’t able to go to school, offices were closed and many of us stuck to our sweatpants and leggings, one particular internet subculture started developing into a full-fledged fashion trend: dark academia. Ahead, we break down dark academia fashion and ask fashion experts about their favorite ways to style and wear the trend.

What is dark academia?

Dark academia is a broader subculture that has taken off specifically on TikTok, with the primary #darkacademia hashtag racking up over one billion views and the #darkacademiaoutfits hashtag being used over 26 million times. If you’re not familiar with commonly associated imagery, think Gothic architecture, candlelit libraries, and dark film photos placed next to handwritten poetry on a vintage table. The dark academia fashion trend pulls directly from this aesthetic, both of which reference everything from Harry Potter to Hellenistic period art, explains stylist Rebecca Dennett.

Dennett describes the trend as both “deeply gothic and preppy,” with an emphasis on duller and darker color palettes. Stylist Sarah Slutsky agrees, adding that the style can be described as a “marriage of prep school uniforms, androgyny and also traditional professionalism skewed romantic.” TikTok influencer and content creator Dana Hasson notes that the trend combines older fashion inspirations and modern styling for a chic and elegant look. A key element to dark academia is vintage clothing and thrift store dressing, explains Dennett, which makes it “more affordable and accessible for the younger generation who have started this trend.”

However, this doesn’t mean the trend has to look young — experts explain its popularity can also be attributed to how versatile and inclusive it is.

“I think after so much time working from home and not needing to get dressed, it’s natural to see a return to traditional office attire as a romantic ideal,” explains Slutsky. “It feels a bit like the ultimate ‘going back to work’ with a poetic twist.”

Hasson adds that she believes dark academia style is so popular right now because it’s effortless, yet the end result still looks chic. “It’s for everyone, and is a really timeless way of dressing,” she explains. And particularly as we head into autumn, the trend is the perfect opportunity to play around with different fabrics and an opportunity to “finally experiment with more layering ideas,” explains Dennett.

Dark academia outfit ideas

Everlane The Silky Cotton Relaxed Shirt ($65; everlane.com)

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Everlane The Silky Cotton Relaxed Shirt

Hasson explains that a white button-down shirt is the perfect base to a dark academia inspired outfit. You can opt for a more crisp fabric like cotton-poplin or a slightly more relaxed option like this 100% cotton yarn shirt, which is a bit drapier and softer. While the former will give you more of a formal look, we find this material more comfortable for layering.

Veronica Beard Faustine Dickey Jacket ($650; saksfifthavenue.com)

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Veronica Beard Faustine Dickey Jacket

Dennett calls this mixed media blazer “a transitional season closet essential.” It’s perfect for layering over simpler outfits, since the combination of different patterns on the jacket alone (from houndstooth to herringbone) makes it both a statement piece and versatile piece of everyday outerwear.

Naadam Marled Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater ($199.50, originally $285; naadam.com)

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Naadam Marled Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

This sweater is “perfect” for achieving that dark academia look, explains Dennett. “I love the color for fall,” she says, “and it’s super cozy.” Made from 100% Mongolian cashmere, the brand describes the material as “heavenly soft.” It’s available in sizes XXS through XXL, so you can choose to size down for a more fitted look or up for a more relaxed one.

Vince Flannel High Waisted Trousers ($395; shopbop.com)

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Vince Flannel High Waisted Trousers

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“These pants are great for winter,” says Dennett, “and really have that dark academia feeling.” The high-waisted design and pleated front are super on-trend, and the timeless silhouette makes this piece a breeze to pair with simple tops, like a white button-down.

Hey Harper Nicole Hoop Earrings ($49.99; heyharpershop.com)

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Hey Harper Nicole Hoop Earrings

When it comes to accessories for a dark academia-inspired look, Hasson opts for small gold hoops, which as she describes are “cute and very trendy.” These earrings from Hey Harper are perfect for those with sensitive skin and those who don’t want to bother with taking off jewelry every time they shower, since they’re coated to be waterproof.

Everlane The Pima Micro-Rib Turtleneck ($40; everlane.com)

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Everlane The Pima Micro-Rib Turtleneck

Turtlenecks are a perfect piece for layering and one of the key elements of dark academia fashion, explain both Slutsky and Dennett. This super-soft cotton option is perfect for wearing alone (with trousers, jeans or a skirt!) or layered under a larger piece like an oversized cable-knit sweater-vest.

Zara High-Waisted Plaid Pants ($49.90; zara.com)

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Zara High-Waisted Plaid Pants

Plaids are one of the key elements to the dark academia trend, explains Slutsky, which means you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of pants like these. For a dramatic look, pair these bottoms with the matching jacket — simply add a classic pair of black boots and you’re good to go.

Koio Chelsea Nero ($348; koio.co)

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Koio Chelsea Nero

When it comes to a classic pair of black boots, Chelsea boots are always one of our favorites. While some designs may skew a bit casual for the dark academia look, these sleek boots are made from Italian leather and beautifully constructed, so you can stay comfy while still looking perfectly polished.

Iets Frans Cable Sweater Vest ($42; urbanoutfitters.com)

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Iets Frans Cable Sweater Vest

Another sweater-vest option, this piece sports a classic cable-knit pattern, which is perfect for achieving that vintage-inspired look. At the same time, the cropped and slightly shrunken fit makes this a more updated silhouette that would perfectly complement high-waisted black pants or a black miniskirt.

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Wild Fable Woven Tennis Mini A-Line Skirt ($19; target.com)

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Wild Fable Woven Tennis Mini A-Line Skirt

When it comes to bottoms, Hasson opts for a black pleated skirt, which keeps the look “elegant yet fun and not too serious.” It’s a versatile piece that helps to achieve that dark academia “good girl” look as Hasson explains, which is an aspect to the trend that she loves.

J.Crew Wool-Blend Mini Skirt ($52, originally $74.50; jcrew.com)

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J.Crew Wool-Blend Mini Skirt

Wool miniskirts are a key element of dark academia style, explains Dennett. Particularly those of darker and duller color patterns. This option is made from a wool blend, and the A-line silhouette is flattering, chic, and perfect for pairing with turtlenecks, wool sweaters or button-downs.

Franco Sarto Charles Patent Derby ($69.97; nordstromrack.com)

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Franco Sarto Charles Patent Derby

As Slutsky explains, oxfords are fair game when it comes to footwear for a dark academia look. This lightweight, patent option is comfortable enough to wear all day long, so you can achieve polished without sacrificing comfort.

H&M V-Neck Sweater Vest ($17.99; hm.com)

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H&M V-neck Sweater Vest

When layering pieces for the perfect fall, dark academia-inspired look, Hasson recommends a brown sweater-vest, which adds another texture to your outfit. Not only will it keep you warm, it’s the perfect way to show off the collar and the sleeves of your button-down.

Sheertex Classic Sheer Tights ($99; sheertex.com)

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Sheertex Classic Sheer Tights

If it’s a colder day, Hasson opts for black tights along with a skirt. While these tights from Sheertex may be pricey, they’re the most durable, comfortable, and flattering tights we’ve ever tested.

Sam Edelman Aretha Bit Platform Loafer ($150; samedelman.com)

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Sam Edelman Aretha Bit Platform Loafer

If you’re looking to take formal footwear to the next level, this platform loafer is totally classic school uniform turned fashion. In fact, it was even spotted on the “Gossip Girl” reboot! Pair with trousers or a pleated skirt with tights, and you’ve got the perfect dark academia outfit.

JW Pei 90s Shoulder Bag ($31.44, originally $38.99; amazon.com)

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JW Pei 90s Shoulder Bag

The perfect accessory to a dark academia look? Hasson opts for a small, black bag. This versatile shoulder bag is a fan favorite on Amazon, with a nearly 5-star rating from over 1,160 reviews. And for under $40, it’d be a challenge to find something so stylish and popular at the same price point.

Levi’s Karina Ruffle Collar Cotton Poplin Blouse ($48.65, originally $69.50; nordstrom.com)

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Levi's Karina Ruffle Collar Cotton Poplin Blouse

A cotton poplin blouse like this one is a great option when it comes to a more structured, polished look. Not only do we love the slightly billowy sleeves, but the ruffled collar is the perfect detail for achieving that dark academia, school-uniform-inspired look.

Banana Republic Oversized Washable Merino Sweater Vest ($110; bananarepublic.gap.com)

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Banana Republic Oversized Washable Merino Sweater Vest

This oversized sweater-vest is perfect for achieving a more relaxed look, while still maintaining the polish that dark academia style is known for. “I love the idea that this can be a genderless expression,” notes Slutsky. “The particular silhouettes and fabrics of this trend still have an ease about them,” she explains, which is definitely evident in this piece.

Jil Sander Cotton-Poplin Shirt ($790; net-a-porter.com)

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Jil Sander Cotton-Poplin Shirt

“I’m obsessed with this brown Jil Sander shirt,” shares Dennett. “It’s clean and chic, but the color fits right in with dark academia.” Made from cotton-poplin, the crisp material is perfect for looking put-together without looking overly formal. The ties are an adorable detail, which you can let hang or tie into a bow.

Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Logan Over the Knee Boot ($225; nordstrom.com)

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Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Logan Over the Knee Boot

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Hasson recommends over-the-knee boots to pair with a pleated miniskirt. This suede option features a 3.5-inch heel, which gives you enough height for that added bit of drama. It’s also available in a range of other colors, so you can opt for a color that matches your jacket or miniskirt for an effective monochromatic look.

J.Crew Cotton-Cashmere Cable-Knit Mockneck Sweater ($128; jcrew.com)

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J.Crew Cotton-Cashmere Cable-Knit Mockneck Sweater

Dennett recommends this sweater both because it’s cute and also because the price point is a bit lower than other cashmere options. It’s made from a lightweight cotton-cashmere blend — a fantastic option because it’s machine-washable. And of course, the cable-knit is classic dark academia, while the contrast stitching is a unique detail.

Victoria Beckham Pinstriped Herringbone Wool Wide-Leg Pants ($890; net-a-porter.com)

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Victoria Beckham Pinstriped Herringbone Wool Wide-Leg Pants

“I love these super chic Victoria Beckham pants,” Dennett says, noting that they’re extremely versatile as well. The tailored design and slightly baggier silhouette make these the perfect on-trend staple for fall, which you can’t go wrong pairing with anything from classic button-down to a frillier lace top.

Zara Textured Plaid Pinafore Dress ($49.90; zara.com)

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Zara Textured Plaid Pinafore Dress

This adorable pinafore minidress boasts a pop of color, which is a fun way to spice up the dark academia palette of mainly dark colors and neutrals. Dennett suggests layering a white button-down underneath.

Rejina Pyo Kenna Color-Block Ribbed-Knit Vest ($400; net-a-porter.com)

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Rejina Pyo Kenna Color-Block Ribbed-Knit Vest

“This vest has a slightly sporty feel,” says Dennett. She’s a big fan of pairing vests with white button-downs when it comes to achieving that dark academia look, and this option is perfect for just that. The neutral color blocking is super trendy but easy to wear and incorporate with existing pieces you probably already have in your wardrobe.

Owiizi Matte Large Hair Claw Clip ($4.99; amazon.com)

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Owiizi Matte Large Hair Claw Clip

For anyone that’s spent hours studying, you’ll know that keeping your hair back is a must. Hasson opts for a claw clip, which is a quick, easy and effortless way to make sure hair stays out of your face. It’s also the perfect way to achieve a glamorous look without having to style your hair.

FAQs

Is dark academia a fashion trend? ›

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Dark Academia is traditionally a style that works for the colder months, but, while the color palette is not very expansive, the Dark Academia style is filled with texture and mixes the different textures to add interest and depth to a more neutral outfit.

Is dark academia for girls? ›

It can be worn by boys, girls and anyone who does not fit into any of these definitions. Anyone can be feminine and anyone can be masculine. The silhouette of a classic Dark Academia outfit often reminds us of a 1930s or 1940s men's look.”

What does it mean if your aesthetic is dark academia? ›

Dark academia is a literary and social media aesthetic and subculture concerned with higher education, writing/poetry, the arts, and classic Greek and Gothic architecture. The subculture is associated with ancient art and classic literature.

How do people dress in dark academia? ›

The dark academic aesthetic can best be described as a traditional European boarding school, as the style includes a lot of prep school staples: Sweater vests, tailored trousers, collar shirts, Oxford loafers, long trench coats, small leather backpacks, and plaid skirts with knee-high socks.

What kind of style is dark academia? ›

In simplest terms, you could think of Dark Academia as prep school fashion with a gothic twist. It's classic and European, romantic and tragic, influenced by things like Greek mythology and poetry with existential themes, authors like Shakespeare, the Bronte sisters, and Jane Austen.

When did Dark academia fashion start? ›

This term refers to a subculture with a great emphasis on reading, writing, and learning. They are interested in classical European literature, Latin, art, poetry, Western European fashion, the unusual, and the illicit. Although it has boomed in popularity this year, Dark Academia first appeared in 2015 on Tumblr.

How do I study like a dark academic? ›

A guide to dark academia
  1. Remain an enigma, talk less about yourself. ...
  2. Wear vintage clothes, elegant accessories, monochrome colors. ...
  3. Listen to jazz and classical music. ...
  4. Light candles. ...
  5. Stay ahead in school. ...
  6. Go to libraries, museums, bookshops, and coffee shops. ...
  7. Make Ancient Roman or Greek food. ...
  8. Have routines.
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Which is better light or dark academia? ›

On the one hand, light academia outfits promote optimism, friendship, motivation, and happy endings over pessimism, sadness, and sensitivity. In contrast, dark academia is rooted in rather doom-focused themes that include literary tragedy, the meaning of life, escapism, and death.

What is a light academia girl? ›

Light academia is the emotionally positive and visually lighter relative of dark academia. The style inspiration for both is rooted in literature, however the differences between their fashion choices boil down to colour palette (beige versus black) and the fabrics (lightweight versus cosy).

How do you turn your room into a dark academia? ›

To create a dark academia styled bedroom focus on a dark color palette; oversized dark wood furniture made before the 1970s; heavy and textured bedding; rich and heavy curtains; layered lighting; and vintage accessories like books, vases, art supplies, and antiques. What is this?

What makes a story dark academia? ›

Categorized as “dark academia,” these books are moody and mysterious narratives that usually take place within the confines of an esteemed university or boarding school. Think: darkened libraries, cloak-and-dagger campus societies, looming Gothic towers, and college quads buzzing with intrigue.

How many academia aesthetic are there? ›

Academia refers to a style that is influenced by learning—think tweed blazers and cozy reading nooks, perfect for spending hours in while studying. The aesthetic then divides into sub-categories like dark academia, darkest academia, light academia, art academia, and even romantic academia and chaotic academia.

What is dark academia color? ›

The passion for knowledge and learning is also reflected in the wardrobes of the dark academics. A dark colour palette of black, dark brown, forest green and burgundy is contrasted with cream, gold and orange. In general, the style can be described as preppy.

What is the soft girl aesthetic? ›

Being a soft girl also may involve a tender, sweet and vulnerable personality. The soft girl aesthetic is a subculture that found predominant popularity through the social app TikTok. The trend consists mainly of pastel colors, Y2K, anime, K-pop, and 90s-inspired clothing, as well as cute and nostalgic prints.

What do you wear to a dark academia aesthetic? ›

How do you get a dark academia aesthetic? To get a Dark Academia aesthetic, begin with the essentials: a white button-down, check trousers, a tweed blazer, and an oversized coat. This aesthetic is all about muted colors, so stick to brown, black, or gray for an authentic feel.

What is academia fashion style? ›

If described, academia is an aesthetic whose inspiration is deeply anchored in the classical influences of European universities. Think of preppy style like dress codes in Ivy League, along with woolen textures, plaid pattern, warm tones, tweed blazer, shirt over vest, cozy mood, and books.

What kind of pants are dark academia? ›

Trousers

Trousers are a classic staple piece in a dark academia wardrobe. The most common are brown or beige trousers, but brown corduroy and green corduroy are popular too. Wear them with your favorite turtlenecks or collared shirts for a casual look.

What is the difference between dark and light academia? ›

Dark academia revolves around intense, tragic themes, ideas like the meaning of life, heartbreak, and escapism. Dark academia's sister aesthetic, light academia, takes a similar approach to the style but instead chooses to adopt more positive themes, concentrating on poetry and nature in addition to classic literature.

What are some Dark Academia words? ›

A guide to dark academia
  • ad astra per aspera - to the stars through difficulties.
  • alis volat propriis - he flies by his own wings.
  • amantium irae amoris integratio est - the quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love.
  • ars longa, vita brevis - art is long, life is short.
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Is Dark Academia nerdy? ›

As Sumaiyya says, it is "a way for bookworms and bibliophiles to reclaim their bookish identity and feel pride, especially if they were bullied and ridiculed for being bookish and nerdy" in school. When the pandemic took away students' opportunities to geek out, dark academia was there to fill the void.

What happens if you study in the dark? ›

According to most eye doctors, it won't cause lasting damage. Vision tends to weaken over time for most people, and family history tends to be a big factor in determining that. But while reading in low light won't cause a decline in vision, it can lead to eye strain.

How can I study in one night? ›

Follow these steps to achieve the best results from Cramming:
  1. Be alone. ...
  2. Remove yourself. ...
  3. Consume Caffeine. ...
  4. Work hard, then stop. ...
  5. Reduce your notes. ...
  6. Find Someone. ...
  7. Focus on the main points. ...
  8. Group things together.

How can I study hard at night? ›

Study in a brightly lit area, but keep your computer's brightness setting on medium and try to focus on an object far away every 20-30 minutes. This helps to reduce the strain on your eyes from staring at a bright screen for long periods of time. Work at a proper desk with a chair as far away from your bed as possible.

What aesthetic is the opposite of dark academia? ›

Light Academia is an academic aesthetic and the visually lighter counterpart of Dark Academia.

What is romantic Academia? ›

Romantic Academia is an academic aesthetic specializing in love, romance literature, and the Romantic era. Romantic Academia is visually and philosophically similar to Light Academia.

What is grey Academia? ›

Gray Academia started as a one-off text post by now-deleted tumblr bcchnl. In the post, they say, "im creating a subgenre of dark academia called grey academia. less classism and less subtle racism. less drugs and alcohol. less wildly expensive colleges and clothes.

What are your aesthetic? ›

Aesthetic describes a person's style, the clothes they choose to wear, and the way they decorate their homes. The term 'aesthetic' was popularized on Tumblr, and the website features thousands of tags where users show their unique aesthetic.

Is light academia a thing? ›

What is Light Academia? Light Academia is a fork of the “Academia aesthetic” or subculture that relies on intellectual, cultural and university influences to foster community and guide choices on everything from lifestyle, fashion and bedroom design to books, movies, art and music.

How do you make a bookshelf look dark academia? ›

If you want your shelves to look academia but don't want to buy new books, not to worry. The simple solution is to remove the dust jackets from books that have gold, brown, black, or tan inside cloth. As an alternative, you can flip your books around so the pages are only visible.

How do you dress a dark academia in the winter? ›

a pair of black or dark grey trousers. wool or cotton is good. a black skirt. mini or midi; wool is, again, great for winter, but anything will do.

Is dark academia elegant? ›

Within the landscape of interior design, Dark Academia is indebted to classicism but with a dark, brooding twist. It's cold and elegant and even a little esoteric, channeling an element of the sublime.

Is Dark Academia a theme? ›

Dark Academia is an aesthetic and genre in media, most commonly found in literature, that is associated with certain themes: Dark Academia is an aesthetic that revolves around classic literature.
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Dark Academia.
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Is Japan a aesthetic? ›

Japanese aesthetics comprise a set of ancient ideals that include wabi (transient and stark beauty), sabi (the beauty of natural patina and aging), and yūgen (profound grace and subtlety). These ideals, and others, underpin much of Japanese cultural and aesthetic norms on what is considered tasteful or beautiful.

How can I be Kidcore? ›

Fashion
  1. Collared shirts.
  2. Light-up shoes, old sneakers.
  3. Denim overalls (preferably short)
  4. Tee-shirts of kids shows/simple patterns/animals.
  5. Striped socks, stockings, or knee/ankle-high socks.
  6. Denim shorts/jeans adorned with stickers/glitter.
  7. Puffy sleeves.
  8. Overalls or suspenders.

What is green Academia? ›

Green academia, also known by various other names [Note 1], is a splinter Academia aesthetic specializing in biology and earth sciences, especially botany, ecology, geobiology, mycology, and zoology.

What is Todoroki's color? ›

His hair is evenly split between two colors: white on his right side and crimson red on his left, this unusual coloring being due to his Quirk. As another result of this, he also possesses heterochromia iridium, which causes his left eye's iris to appear turquoise, while his right is a brownish dark gray.

Is dark academia a philosophy? ›

Dark academia is an aesthetic associated with classic literature, art, music, philosophy and the general fashion/culture of the 1800s-1940s. The aesthetic tends to romanticize darker things as well as celebrating pretentiousness and education, whereas many other aesthetics rebel against learning.

How can I be a baddie? ›

A “baddie” is a boss babe that is sexy, confident, and a trendsetter. These people are often popular influencers with all the latest trends, most extravagant makeup, and hottest clothes. They are effortlessly beautiful – they're those girls we tend to look at, envy, then hit “follow” on Instagram.

Is bruh girl an aesthetic? ›

Yes, we're talking about the “Bruh Girl”. Here's what you need to know about this TikTok-originated aesthetic and read on for a few tips on how you can steal the style. Who is the "Bruh Girl"? The “Bruh Girl” is considered “one of the guys” and isn't afraid to display her more conventionally masculine side.

How can a girl dress like a cute? ›

Here are some tips for wearing cute clothes:
  1. Wear a lot of pastel colors. ...
  2. Wear cute skirts instead of pants - you'll look and feel much nicer and more feminine.
  3. Don't wear high heels. ...
  4. Have a cute cardigan to wear over a white tank top.
  5. Dress comfortably. ...
  6. Don't dress provocatively.

Is dark academia a Cottagecore? ›

Two aesthetics that have recently gained traction are Cottagecore, which originated from the romanticization of “cottage” or rural life, and Dark Academia, which emphasizes the importance of learning and encourages self-discovery.

What is romantic Academia aesthetic? ›

Romantic Academia is an academic aesthetic specializing in love, romance literature, and the Romantic era. Romantic Academia is visually and philosophically similar to Light Academia.

Is dark academia elegant? ›

Within the landscape of interior design, Dark Academia is indebted to classicism but with a dark, brooding twist. It's cold and elegant and even a little esoteric, channeling an element of the sublime.

Is academia a style? ›

Academia refers to a style that is influenced by learning—think tweed blazers and cozy reading nooks, perfect for spending hours in while studying. The aesthetic then divides into sub-categories like dark academia, darkest academia, light academia, art academia, and even romantic academia and chaotic academia.

What is academia style clothing? ›

Think of preppy style like dress codes in Ivy League, along with woolen textures, plaid pattern, warm tones, tweed blazer, shirt over vest, cozy mood, and books. As if it's not obvious enough, academia refers to a style that is influenced by learning, particularly through study, research, and reading.

Is light academia a style? ›

Light Academia is a fork of the “Academia aesthetic” or subculture that relies on intellectual, cultural and university influences to foster community and guide choices on everything from lifestyle, fashion and bedroom design to books, movies, art and music.

Which is better light or dark academia? ›

On the one hand, light academia outfits promote optimism, friendship, motivation, and happy endings over pessimism, sadness, and sensitivity. In contrast, dark academia is rooted in rather doom-focused themes that include literary tragedy, the meaning of life, escapism, and death.

What kind of pants are dark academia? ›

Trousers

Trousers are a classic staple piece in a dark academia wardrobe. The most common are brown or beige trousers, but brown corduroy and green corduroy are popular too. Wear them with your favorite turtlenecks or collared shirts for a casual look.

What are the main colors of dark academia? ›

The passion for knowledge and learning is also reflected in the wardrobes of the dark academics. A dark colour palette of black, dark brown, forest green and burgundy is contrasted with cream, gold and orange. In general, the style can be described as preppy.

What is romantic academia? ›

Romantic Academia is an academic aesthetic specializing in love, romance literature, and the Romantic era. Romantic Academia is visually and philosophically similar to Light Academia.

What is the baddie aesthetic? ›

Baddie is an aesthetic primarily associated with Instagram and beauty gurus on YouTube that is centered around being conventionally attractive by today's beauty standards. Because of the trendiness of this aesthetics, it can often have parallels with other trendy aesthetics.

What is the soft girl aesthetic? ›

Being a soft girl also may involve a tender, sweet and vulnerable personality. The soft girl aesthetic is a subculture that found predominant popularity through the social app TikTok. The trend consists mainly of pastel colors, Y2K, anime, K-pop, and 90s-inspired clothing, as well as cute and nostalgic prints.

How many academia styles are there? ›

The Big Three: APA, MLA, and CMS. There are three main "Schools of Style" used to properly format an academic paper, referred to as APA, MLA, or CMS.

What is grey academia? ›

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